Leicester City vs Southampton, FA Cup semi-final: What time is kick-off , what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

Both Leicester and Southampton are one win away from the FA Cup final and the chance to win the oldest cup competition in world football. For Brendan Rodgers’ team it would be the first time they get their hands on the cup. For their opponent,  the second – Southampton won the famous trophy in 1976. 

When is it?

This coming Sunday, April 18.

What time is kick-off?

The match at Wembley is set to kick-off at 6.30pm. 

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be broadcast in all of its technicolour glory by BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. The programme will get under way at 6pm, 30 minutes before kick off.

Alternatively, if you do not subscribe to BT Sport you can follow the match here, on Telegraph Sport — gratis — in our live minute-by-minute rolling blog. Simply bookmark this page and return on Sunday for all the build-up, team news and, of course, live commentary followed by post-match analysis from our team at Wembley.

What is the team news?

James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury have returned from the naughty step after being caught breaching Covid-19 restrictions and forced to train by themselves. They are back to training with their Leicester team-mates and will be available for selection on Sunday. Rodgers is set to assess whether Maddison or Perez will start the match, while it is unclear how the rest of the squad will view their involvement following their off-field conduct. 

Caglar Soyuncu, the defender, is also back training with Rodgers’s squad after testing positive for Covid-19 during international duty with Turkey. Soyuncu has missed Leicester’s past two games as he had to isolate in Turkey, but he flew back into England on Sunday night and was tested again, delivering a negative result. The 24 year old  is in contention to face Southampton.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted he is considering making changes from the side that were well beaten 3-0 by West Brom on Monday. The Austrian said if Southampton play at the same level on Sunday they will have no chance of making it to the final. 

What are they saying?

If James Maddison had any hope of making the England squad for Euro 2020 then it has surely disappeared now. The Leicester City playmaker was up against it anyway, given the competition he faces for a place, but to be disciplined and dropped by his club for a fixture that Gareth Southgate was attending has probably sealed it, writes Jason Burt.

The England manager was at the London Stadium to watch Leicester take on West Ham so what better opportunity could it have been for Maddison to give him food for thought that he – rather than Jesse Lingard – should be making a late run for the squad. 

No two managers have done more to disrupt the Premier League hierarchy this season than David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers, the standout British coaches of the campaign, writes Sam Dean.

Rodgers is generally associated with a more expansive style of football than Moyes but that is not to say that the Leicester manager has failed to evolve his methods since his time at Swansea City and Liverpool.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is now in his longest spell at a club, writes Mike McGrath. The Austrian was mentioned as a potential target for Champions League clubs earlier in the season but his immediate concern was a winless streak of games. 

He talked about spending the next three years at St Mary’s after tasting victory for the first time in two months and this is why he could remain at the club.

What are the odds?

What’s our prediction?

Both sides come into the match on the back of poor results and in Leicester’s case following controversy, with Maddison, Perez and Choudhury all dropped for the defeat to West Ham for breaching Covid restrictions. That trio has something to prove and should Maddison return to the starting XI there’s little doubt he has he potential to be a match-winner. Southampton have saved their best performances in 2021 for the FA Cup but Leicester will have a bit too much for Hasenhuttl’s side. 

Predicted result: Leicester 2 Southampton 1

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